Enlarge / Intel's clearly aiming squarely at AMD's Threadripper with the new Cascade Lake-X price cutsóand the shot lands hard against TR2óbut we still don't know what will happen when TR3 lands in November. (credit: Intel Corporation)

Intel's new Cascade Lake-X high-end desktop lineup came out this week, and in this case, the performance news comes in second to the price. It costs you almost exactly half as much to buy any given Cascade Lake-X CPU as it would have cost for its Skylake-X counterpart last year, in obvious response to AMD's Threadripper CPUsóand likely in part to the Ryzen 9 3950X, due out in November along with the next generation of Threadrippers.
Skylake-X vs Threadripper 2x

We don't have a firm set of specifications on the third-generation Threadrippers yet, but we can get a quick look at how Cascade-X compares with Threadripper 2000 below:
Intel CPU Model Cores /
Threads
Base/ACB
Freq
TDP Price
(1ku)
AMD CPU Model Cores /
Threads
Base/ACB
Freq
TDP Price
(retail)
i9-10980XE 18/36 3.0GHz/3.8GHz 165W $980 TR 2990WX 32/64 3.0GHz/4.2GHz 250W $1,700
i9-10940X 14/28 3.3GHz/4.1GHz 165W $785 TR 2970WX 24/48 3.0GHz/4.2GHz 250W $1,220
i9-10920X 12/24 3.5GHz/4.3GHz 165W $690 TR 2950X 16/32 3.0GHz/4.4GHz 180W $700
i9-10900X 10/20 3.7GHz/4.3GHz 165W $590 TR 2920X 12/24 3.0GHz/4.3GHz 180W $380
For one example, this year's high-end i9-10980XE goes for $980óand last year's 9980XE went for just under $2,000. We see roughly the same cost reduction across the board, down to the 10900X at $590 vs last year's 9900X at $990. This takes aim squarely at Threadripper. The interesting question is how AMD will respond with new Threadripper pricing next month; we already know the company at least pretends to enjoy playing elaborate price games.

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